in Southern Ontario
Black bears live in some partso southwestern and southernOntario. They are an important parto our ecosystem and contributeto Ontario’s rich biodiversity. Thepresence o black bears on thelandscape is an indication that ournatural spaces are healthy.Here are some acts to help youbetter understand black bears, whythey live here and what you need todo to help keep them wild.Be sae, be responsible,be Bear Wise.
Many people do not expect to see black bears in southwestern or much o southern Ontario. Black bears are most commonly ound in areas north o Highway 7 and on the Bruce Peninsula. Where there is sucient habitat, smallnumbers o black bears have likely been present but gone mostly undetected.There are a number o reasons why black bears may be seen in southern Ontario.Human development continues to expand into the natural spaces that support avariety o wildlie, including bears. People unknowingly can attract them into theircommunities and back yards. In addition, eorts to enlarge and connect greenspaces create more suitable habitat, and black bear populations will disperseacross the landscape.Fortunately, there is a lot that we can do to help keep black bears wild and toprevent bear encounters.
What you should know about black bears:
Black bears preer to avoid people.
Black bears are highly intelligent and curious, and they learn quickly. Oncethey nd ood in yards or garbage bins, they will return until the attractant isremoved or managed.
Almost everything black bears do is related to acquiring ood because theirsurvival depends on it. Many preerred oods o black bears are only availableor short periods or vary greatly in availability rom year to year. Black bearshibernate because their natural oods are not available.
Black bears mostly eat green vegetation, ruits and nuts, and get most o their ood energy in the summer and all when these natural oods are mostplentiul. Late spring rosts, cool and wet springs or summers, drought andre can all aect the supply o natural ood or black bears.
I natural oods are not readily available, black bears willtravel great distances to look or other ood sources.
To report bear problems call:
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TTY 705 945-7641In a lie-threatening emergency,call your local police or 911.For more inormation, visitour website: